When I put out a call for folks to suggest someone as a guest on the podcast, Stella Sehn’s name came forward. And as luck would have it, Stella was speaking at an Alberta Women’s Entrepreneur Event the following day so I signed up for the free event.
The group is called WESTEM and the event was called Inspire 2021 - Celebrating Women’s Entrepreneurship in Southern Alberta.
There was a diverse group of women on the panel, and when a question was asked about discrimination faced by women in the group, Stella spoke up about her experience.
Stella Sehn and her husband Sheldon Hill run Sweet Pure Honey. They are beekeepers and they work their 400 hives in Porcupine Plain, Saskatchewan, which is an 8 hour journey from their home. It’s hard work and Sheldon spent off seasons working in the oil patch until he was laid off. Times are sometimes tough but they have persevered with gratitude, attitude and love.
I say love because I asked Stella how she ended up in the beekeeping business and she said she fell in love with a farmer in college.
Before our interview, Stella and I spoke on the phone and we had an instant connection.
I am struck by her courage and vulnerability, and her strength and perseverance to live as her authentic self.
I know you will be too.
A trigger warning: This episode makes reference to racially motivated violence and also reference to the discovery of thousands of children’s remains at some of Canada’s residential schools. This may trigger some of you. If you are a victim of a crime, contact the Canadian Resource Centre for the Victims of Crime at 1-877-232-2610. The National Residential School Crisis Line for former students is 1-866-925-4419.
Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation - University of Manitoba
Articles about Stella and Sweet Pure Honey:
Sweet Pure Honey website
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